In what must be one of the most
shocking developments in the whole Apple App Store versus the
third-party app market comes news that Opera Mini has
been approved by Apple for the iPhone and iPod touch. When Opera
the apps for Apple's prying eyes back in March, no one really
took them seriously and thought that they were just showing off to
drum up some press.
Well, Apple has shown Opera some
leniency and Opera Mini will be available to U.S. iPhone and iPod
touch users shortly. Here's the Opera press release in its
announced its popular mobile browser, Opera Mini has been approved
for iPhone and iPod touch on the App Store. Opera Mini will be
available as a free download within 24 hours, depending on market.
with more than 50 million users worldwide, enables fast mobile Web
browsing by compressing data by up to 90 percent before sending
content to the device, resulting in significantly improved page
loading. Users of the app will notice an uptake in speed, especially
on slower networks such as the 2G Edge network. Surfing the Web with
the Opera Mini App on iPhone and iPod touch will also help users save
money because of its data compression capabilities. This will hold
especially true while the user is incurring roaming charges.
delighted to offer iPhone and iPod touch users a great browsing
experience with the Opera Mini App," said Lars Boilesen, CEO,
Opera Software. "This app is another step toward Opera's goal of
bringing the Web to more people in more places."
The Opera Mini
App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch
or at www.itunes.com/appstore
Could the walls be crumbling in Apple's
heavy-handed approach to App Store acceptance/rejection? Maybe Opera
just caught Steve Jobs on a good day. Who knows, but this is at least
a good step forward for Apple.
It's now available in the iTunes Store.
quote: According to the article Opera mini should allow crappier connections (aka all AT&T connections) to load faster due to lower amounts of data transfer.
quote: The real issue isn't Opera, but the whole App Store's legality. Apple explicitly and purposefully makes it impossible to use any App they didn't approve of. Contrasting this to MS's "monopolistic" practice of simply giving away a shitty web browser (IE), neutered email client (outlook express), and the two worst word processors ever (notepad and wordpad) but, MS still allowed you to get Netscape, Eudora, and Wordperfect.The reason why Steve doesn't want Flash is because it breaks his stranglehold on the mobile devices.